Boys Who Love Men by Martin Delacroix

http://threedollarbillreviews.com/2010/11/02/boys-who-love-men-by-martin-delacroix/
http://threedollarbillreviews.com/?p=1754

Title: Boys Who Love Men
Author: Martin Delacroix
Publisher: Noble Romance
Length: 3 short stories /22k
Buy the book: Publisher

Blurb:
Boys Who Love Men offers three erotic tales, each about a young man overcoming his fears while seeking what he needs most in his life: love from an older man. Meet Jeff, a country boy yearning to escape his small […]

A Certain Pressure in the Pipes by Clancy Nacht

A Certain Pressure in the PipesA Certain Pressure in the Pipes by Clancy Nacht

Title: A Certain Pressure in the Pipes
Author: Clancy Nacht
Publisher: Noble Romance
Length: 40 pages
Buy the Book: Publisher

Blurb:
Conrad Lloyd’s father, Governor of an old west town, wishes his son wasn’t so interested in inventing, or men for that matter. It isn’t until Conrad meets Ezhno, a Native American inventor, that Conrad thinks he can find sexual […]

http://threedollarbillreviews.com/2010/08/19/a-certain-pressure-in-the-pipes-by-clancy-nacht/
http://threedollarbillreviews.com/?p=1451

What You See by C.J. Black

What You See What You See by C.J. Black

Blurb:
When the older man starts frequenting the restaurant where Adam works, he doesn’t know what to think. Kent is everything that defines success and wealth. What could he possibly want with a college kid like Adam?

Kent is going through a bad divorce, but he knows what he wants and who he wants. He makes his move, but following a brief yet intense lovemaking session, Adam’s insecurities make him walk away.

Kent, refusing to let Adam go, decides to find a way to make the younger man see his worth and their need to be together.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

sometimes I give up hope about this genre lol…

Little Japan by Jaye Valentine and Reno MacLeod

Little Japan by Jaye Valentine and Reno MacLeod

Blurb:
Japan. Land of honor and beauty, crowded streets with neon signs, and exotic markets where ancient traditions still hold fast in modern-day society. As Japanese business people rush about their busy lives, there exists a place in Osaka, Japan where a modern take on the ancient tradition of the geisha thrives.

Kuri and Daichi work at Kingyo Club, a popular host club in the Dōtonbori district of Osaka. After sleeping their days away, the boys’ nights are owned by the host club lifestyle and anyone willing to pay the steep price for a few hours of hard drinking and flirtatious companionship. Kuri and Daichi are lovers and best friends, and along with their roommates Sora and Takumi, they look out for one another in an occupation fraught with both physical and emotional danger.

In addition to the endless bottles of fizzy champagne, expensive gifts, and confessions of false love courtesy of regular clients, every now and then comes a customer with even deeper pockets and much darker demands. Gabriel Hartley is one of these men. After a chance meeting, Gabriel targets the stunning Kuri to feed his obsession with seducing and dominating young Japanese men.

The relationship between Kuri and Gabriel dramatically changes when a traumatic event plunges them from the Land of the Rising Sun into the land of powerful sheikhs and servant boys in the dark underworld of exotic Dubai. As Kuri struggles with the heartache of having what’s most precious to him ripped away, he helps Gabriel learn important lessons about love, honor, and the power of self-forgiveness.

Happily Ever Before By Jaye Valentine

Happily Ever Before By Jaye Valentine

Blurb:

Featuring the White Queen and Red Knight from Lewis Carroll’s "Through the Looking-Glass, And What Alice Found There," this erotic short story by Jaye Valentine incorporates Carrollian elements of nonsensical comparison and White Queen-specific time distortions, all wrapped up in a pretty, gender-bending package.

Firecracker by Jaye Valentine

Firecracker by Jaye Valentine

Blurb:
Isaac Lang is deeply in love with his live-in life-partner, Baltimore City police officer Jeff Clark, and has a serious kink for risky role-play sex with strangers. Jeff finds Isaac’s wild ways incredibly hot, and he’s more than willing to help facilitate Isaac’s lustful cravings.

Jeff trusts Isaac to be emotionally faithful despite the sexual experimentation, and Isaac trusts Jeff to watch his back and keep him safe from harm. Not a lifestyle everyone might aspire to or could successfully manage, but Isaac and Jeff make their quest for kink work to keep the sparks flying in their relationship.

You know, there’s an Old Navy on the other side of the mall

Pricing cont’d – Noble Romance Publishing


Welcome back to the pricing series where I look at various electronic publisher (specifically those offering M/M romance) and try to analyze their pricing structure. For those new to this, I’m trying to compare publishers within themselves for consistency and against other publishers for sheer cost. What is the best “bang for the buck” for consumers. Please keep in mind I do not take cover art, editing or lack thereof, customer service, and quality into consideration. This is strictly a numbers game. 

A list of past posts HERE!

 

Today’s look is at Noble Romance Publishing Think Kink! I’ll shorten them to NRP. I like the catchy title but most consumers aren’t really aware of this publisher. They seem to be quiet, under the radar a bit and don’t have the same buzz as other more well known publishers. This could partially be the low number of available books from Noble. There are a total of 59 books available on the Noble website, although it doesn’t say when the company started.

 

Looking at their website, going through all 59 books is pretty easy and it’s clear there is some inconsistency. Just for reference there are 18 books listed as M/M, although one is M/M/F. So really for pure M/M enthusiasts this is 17, which is 28%. Roughly 1/3 of Noble books are M/M so that’s still worth checking out.

 

This particular analysis is different from others since Noble Romance is not listed on FW. Complaining of this, the Cocktease tells me now ARe/OmniLit (my preferred vendor) is now offering word counts. Thanks! So let’s use ARe listed word counts with the same caveats as before. Unfortunately of the 59 available books at Noble, only 34 are available at ARe as of today and none are available at FW. Perhaps this is why few readers are very aware of the publisher.

 

NRP categories are pretty easy and clearly listed:

 

Anthologies            $6

Collections             $4.50    15-20k words

Naughty Nibbles     $1.99      5-10k words

Novellas                 $4.50    15-20k words

Novels                    $5.95       21k+ words

 

So let’s break down what this means more closely.

 

Anthologies – No word count listed. 3 books that contain 4 stories each for a total cost of $6 per anthology on the website.

 

$6 NRP / 20,000 words for $4.50 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=35

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-spankmeonceanthology-17546-144.html

 

$6 NRP / 26,851 for $5.00 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=45

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-spankmetwiceanthology-79510-145.html

 

Third anthology is not listed at ARe.

 

Collections – 5 novellas listed for $4.50 each. 4 are up at ARe so here is the breakdown:

 

$4.50 NRP / 17,000 words for $3.50 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=24

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fridayschildsexualhealing-17724-143.html

 

 

$4.50 NRP / 26,800 words for $3.50 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=26

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-mondayschildkissandspell-17719-140.html

 

$4.50 NRP / 18,000 words for $3.50 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=30

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-saturdayschildstormsaturdaynight-17725-146.html

 

$4.50 NRP / 30,500 words for $3.50 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=31

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sundayschildthewiseguy-17726-140.html

 

 

 

Naughty Nibbles – 5-10k words.

There is some discrepancy here with an earlier wording of “Tryst” used on some books. Of the 13 books listed:

 

1 Naughty Nibble for $1.50 NRP/ Not at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=49

 

2 Trysts for $1.99 (1 listed at ARe)

 

$1.99 NRP / 5,000 words for $1.99 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=25

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-valentinesvindication-17704-144.html

 

9 Naughty Nibbles for $1.99 (5 not listed at ARe)

 

$1.99 NRP / 4,700 words for $0.99 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=40

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thedate-17710-144.html

 

$1.99 NRP / 5,000 words for $1.99 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=41

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-bestunspoken-80066-144.html

 

$1.99 NRP / 7,000 words for $0.99 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=39

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-doublejeopardy-17714-144.html

 

$1.99 NRP / 13,000 words for $1.50 at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=22

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-beautifulccksucker-17707-144.html

 

 

1 Naughty Nibble for $2.50 NRP/ Not at ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=54

 

 

So what does this mean? Well if you can generally trust the word counts in comparison to one another (leave off the comparison to actual word count just for now) then the cost per word is all over the place. Especially taking into consideration the price discounts at the third party e-tailer – here ARe. I know this is common with publishers and Noble is by far not the only one doing this, others are as well as I’ve stated previously. So again, readers shop smartly for the best price. It likely isn’t at the publisher’s. Not to mention there is some confusion between the two names – Tryst and Naughty Nibble – for the same length of book and a wide range of cost from $1.50 to $2.50 on the publisher site and $0.99 to $1.99 on ARe. This is pretty pricey.

 

Novellas – 18 books listed from $4.00 to $4.75.

2 for $4.00

2 for $4.75

14 for $4.50

 

$4.50 NRP/ 9,000 for $2.00 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=36

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-onenightinbangkok-17715-144.html

 

$4.00 NRP/ 14,000 for $3.00 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=52

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sinfullydelicious-89353-144.html

 

$4.50 NRP/ 19,500 for $3.00 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=42

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-onceinabluemoon-82269-139.html

 

$4.50 NRP/ 20,000 for $3.50 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=34

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-hourispleasure-17716-143.html

 

$4.50 NRP/ 20,900 for $3.50 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=33

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-theirlover-17702-144.html

 

$4.50 NRP/ 30,000 for $3.00 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=47

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-betrothedtotheenemy-89349-144.html

 

$4.50 NRP/ 23,000 for $3.50 ARe / My count 24,080

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=32

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-ifiwerealady-17703-144.html

 

$4.50 NRP/ 32,000 for $5.00 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=60

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-absintheeyesandotherlies-89958-140.html


$4.50 NRP/ My Count is 32,500

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=56

$4.50 NRP/ My Count is 20,200

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=50

$4.50 NRP/ My Count is 18,100

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=37

$4.75 NRP/ 19,700 for $5.00
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-damngorgeous-363684-140.html
https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=58

 

$4.75 NRP/ My Count (I couldn’t find the book but I know I have it!)

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=57

 

 

Now this is disturbing. While not all the novellas are listed on ARe the ones that are vary widely in price and word count available on ARe versus available on the publisher’s website. Even if the word counts are off, they are all off by the same amount so the inconsistency shown above is disconcerting. Paying more for 10,000 less words is shocking. While all publishers DO discount on third party retailers, I’d hope it’d be consistent in some way otherwise how can you tell you’re getting a good price?

 

Novels – 20 listed for $5.95. 11 were listed on ARe as follows:

 

$5.95 NRP/ 32,650 for $4.50 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=23

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-goodguysdeservebadgirls-79509-140.html

 

$5.95 NRP/ 47,000 for $6.00 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=8

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-deadlydreams-13191-144.html

 

$5.95 NRP/ 50,000 for $5.95 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=21

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-redribbonsinherhair-13508-144.html

 

$5.95 NRP/ 50,000 for $5.95 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=19

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sextoysandnaughtyboys-13503-147.html

 

$5.95 NRP/ 50,000 for $5.95 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=17

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-calliesshadow-13316-144.html

 

$5.95 NRP/ 58,000 for $5.95 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=20

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-decadentdeceptions-13314-144.html

 

$5.95 NRP/ 60,000 for $4.00 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=46

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-calenmysoultokeeptrilogy-89348-140.html

 

$5.95 NRP/ 61,666 for $5.95 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=15

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-biteme-13317-147.html


$5.95 NRP/ 62,000 for $4.50 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=38

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fivedaysinfrisco-17713-144.html

 

$5.95 NRP/ 65,700 for $5.95 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=16

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-deadlysecrets-13318-147.html

 

$5.95 NRP/ 75,000 for $6.00 ARe

https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=18

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-bloodline-12670-144.html

 

Here you pay anywhere from $4 to $6 on ARe for counts from 32,000 to 75,000. The range and variety between the two (publisher and retailer) is enough to cast some doubt. NRP is very consistent on their website but the price at a retailer varies wildly.

 

So let’s look at what this means in comparison.
When comparing NRP’s website by categories and pricing, here is the breakdown.

 

As always when offering the same price for higher counts, the cost per word goes down. Also the cost per word decreases as the length of the book increases even when it’s a more expensive, longer book.

 

But let’s look at an internal comparison of word counts…

 

 

Here I went by the word counts listed at ARe and compared the price buying from ARe or buying from the NRP website. It’s rather inconsistent but clearly your best bet money wise is to buy from ARe.

 

 

But how does this compare to other publishers?

 

Here since there are no word counts from FW I had to use ARe for all the publishers. I had to go back and re-enter all the publishers word counts from ARe (which does differ from FW) so they all had the same internal comparison. Yes this sucked.

 

But what this shows is that Noble is actually one of the more pricey publishers. Their shorter works are erratic with pricing but this gradually levels out similar to other publishers and the longer novels are all basically equivalent. Noble (the dark blue) tends to be higher in cost than most publishers but only by a small margin that may or may not be important.

 

Looking a little closer at the novella and novel price comparison shows this clearly.

 

 

 

 

So what does all of this mean!?!?

 

Well NRP is mostly consistent within their website. 15% of the books in their rather small catalog are outliers that fall – price wise – outside of their general price. The biggest aspect is that the price listed on NRP’s website is not always the best price. In fact, although it’s consistent within CATEGORY, it may not be a good deal for your money. The wide variety in price and word count on ARe show that the best price is often looking there. You can sometimes save more than $2 which is quite a difference in cost.

 

As for comparison with other publishers, Noble tends to be higher in cost than other publishers, often costing more than our most expensive publisher so far, Dreamspinner. Part of this I attribute to the relatively small catalog of books and what seems to be a publisher still in flux. The changing of names and prices on some books tends to reflect published dates as well (older published work seems to be less expensive while the newest novellas are more expensive). I believe the cost differences in the categories are due to shorter/longer word counts than the averages but it’s almost impossible to tell with the craziness on ARe.

 

Also keep in mind the relative difference in cost is still rather small. Noble is the most expensive, but what is the real difference? Depending on the book, this could be pennies or dollars.

 

Bottom line.

 

Noble Romance is comparatively costly. They are somewhat consistent if buying off the website but you tend to pay considerably more. Buying off All Romance Ebooks/OmniLit will get you a better price but also highly inconsistent prices for word count. Hopefully there will be some kind of consistency soon as the publisher has a nice website and better than average cover art. Not to mention the customer service is superb.

 

As always – your opinions.

 

BTW – I apologize for the rather EPIC nature of this post.